- I have signed up to particpate in ths year’s Earth Hour. Click on the link to find out more.
Yesterday (26 Mar 2007) marks the last day of my fruitful internship in Microsoft Australia – DPE group. For the past one year, I had the pleasure of working along side with a group of intelligent, passionate and fun group of evangelists together with the sales and marketing team on a daily basis. Which makes going to the office a constant learning and growing experience.
Not to mention the thrilling experience of organising Tech Ed – Student Day, participation in the AU and Worldwide Imagine Cup finals, visited the Microsoft Research Labs in India, met real Microsoft Redmond recruiter -Carrie Read in person, caught up on my Microsoft heros and friends in Redmond (personal funded trip) and Taiwan , attended the Vista-Office RTM party, presented on games developmenet at the National Computer Science School, led the WW team in the benefits formulation of the global Microsoft Student Partners program, managed the AU Microsoft Student Partners program, made visits to AU universities with Kevin and recorded an Imagine Cup video. What’s truly great about these experiences is the opportunity to actually get out there and share with the rest of the world the excitment of technology and met up with the amazing people that are involved in this field.
All in all, you can say I’m truly dunk in the Microsoft kool-aid
I throughly enjoyed my internship, so much so, that I had to express my keen interest to stay. So I’m happy to share the news that I’m not leaving DPE yet! Instead, I will be moving onto a contractor role in Microsoft and undertaking a new enterprise IT Pro focus pilot project. Same team, same manager, new exciting challenges and audience ahead.
My new alias (wef 31 Mar 2007) is ‘i-berno’.
Pictures from last week’s DPE Offsite (1 day of meetings and another day of team sailing) and Clair’s (our Microsoft PR Manager) birthday party.
DPE Team Offsite (more pictures – http://www.flickr.com/photos/bernardoh/sets/72157600024902511/)
- It was a really useful offsite where the whole team spent one day together working out what are the important
tactics we need to execute to close a successful FY07. The second day was a team building day and everyone had
enjoyed a magnificent day out in the sea. I’m proud to be a part of DPE.
Clair’s “Secret Agents” Birthday Party (more pictures – http://www.flickr.com/photos/bernardoh/sets/72157600024859363/)
- Clair, our Microsoft PR Manager celebrated her birthday at the Hotel CBD. It were good company, hardly any 2nd hand smoke (cos I’m a non-smoker), fun atmosphere, good choice of music. Great party!
Saw this picture of an advertisment from a Singapore white good store from a friend’s Flickr stream.
Very loaded. Is this the kind of world we living right now?
Some viewers have reported difficulties viewing the video earlier. I am pleased to inform you that the issue has been fixed and the video is now fully hosted on10.net infrastructure. It is available as a streaming video, as well as 7 different formats too.
I spoke to former Imagine Cup champions (Francois Beaussier, Aymeric Gaurat Apelli, on Mar 15) to find out how they started their Imagine Cup journey, the experience of competing in the WW finals and got them to reveal some tips to excel in the competition.
Still on the Imagine Cup, Nick Hodge recently interviewed Bruce Satchwell from Alive Technologies (“Wireless Health Gadgets for Life“). Last year, Bruce generously loaned the 2006 Australia Imagine Cup winning team from University of Canberra an Alive Heart Rate Monitor. The Alive Heart Rate Monitor was very crucial piece of equipment for us to demonstrate the capabilities of the Patients Monitoring Alert System (PMAS). Don’t forget to check out the cool wireless health gadget video!
Today Sydney celebrates the 75th birthday of her famous iconic bridge – the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Here are some of my personal pictures of her.
Last week, Nick Hodge and I had interviewed the members of the 2004 Imagine Cup Software Design Imagine Cup champions (Aymeric Gaurat Apelli and Francois Beaussier).
We spoke to them about their journey to WW finals in Brazil, the experience of competiting and sharing the stage with some of the brightest young minds in the world and got them to share their exclusive tips to excel in this competition.
A sincere thank you to my good friends – Francois, Aymeric to agree to go with my idea of this interview at such short notice. Your guys are natural.
A special BIG thanks to Nick Hodge, the true professional geek for producing this video in such short turnaround.
Any feedback on this video would be appreciated.
PS: The Australia Imagine Cup Software Design proposal (for an industry mentor application) due date has been extended, click here for more information.
HThis has been a packed week for me, coordinating campus activites with our brilliant Australia Microsoft Student Partners, working with QUT and Monash faculties to send Imagine Cup info to their entire student bodies, a few meetings with HR and our business excellence lead, AU education sales field team and having Nick on board as my replacement. It never stops.
I can’t tell you how proud I am of this year’s AU Microsoft Student Partners, I hope the Corp team also gets a chance to recognise these guy’s incredible effort. AU MSPs are packing in the crowd (from 30s to 300!!) to different sized Microsoft events with numbers NEVER achieved before, coming up with their own campus event web site and posters, creative demand generation (I love USYD’s use of unix news item to promote a MS events) means and campus events web site.
- Thank you Australia Microsoft Student Partners! You guys ROCK!
- Hello from Seattle!
I’m looking forward to a weekend enjoying the tunes of my new Zune (full name Berno-Zune, nicknamed z-Berno) bought from Mothership’s company store. Thank you, Frank. I really appreciate your generous gift and I enjoyed sharing it with my friends and housemates. Their inital comments were the Zune was very easy to use and the large form factor was well regarded. I found the Zune player software to be easier to navigate and reliable synching compared to the iTunes. And I am still waiting for a Vista supported iTunes.
As a iPod Shuffle owner, I say Apple is playing hard ball with it’s Vista running customers. Vista was released back in Nov 2006. Microsoft had it’s Vista APIs published since beta days and has a team of engineers to work with them too. Apple may have their own reservations about Vista but this delay (“New iTunes version still not fully Vista-ready“, 6 Mar 2007) is just not acceptable.
Pictures taken by Michael Kordahi – Thank you